Local Roundup: Rivendell Uses Defense to Slow Oxbow

  • Zach Gould

  • Harris LaRock

  • Jessica Hastings

  • Christian Wood

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bradford, Vt. — Second-half defense was the difference for the Rivendell Academy boys basketball team, which shut down Oxbow on its way to a 77-67 win over Olympians on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was Rivendell’s second in a season that, as a whole, hasn’t gone as planned. Rivendell allowed a season-high 84 points in a previous loss to the O’s but put up another 77 points on Oxbow on Saturday and showed promise with improved play around its own basket.

“We’re finally turning the corner,” said Rivendell head coach Jeff Huntington. “The guys are really buying into what we’re teaching them. We’re starting the see the fruits of our labor.”

Oxbow sharpshooter Ben Emerson had other plans, sinking eight 3-pointers — six in the first half — for an Olympian squad that led, 43-42, at halftime. Matt Emerson, Kyle Sweet, Lincoln Ilsley and Seth Carson all sank shots from behind the arc for Oxbow. But Rivendell’s second-half defense proved too much to handle.

“There was not a lot of defense played in the first half,” said Oxbow head coach Steve Carson. “Then Rivendell came down and played D in the third (quarter), and we never did.”

Zach Gould led the Raptors with 25 points. Owen Pelletier scored 22 points, including two 3-pointers, and Isaac Martel finished with 14 points. Rivendell (2-6) hosts Woodsville on Monday.

Ben Emerson led all scorers with 28 points for Oxbow. Matt Emerson added 13 points, including three triples, and Tegan McKnelly scored six points. The Olympians (4-3) travel to Randolph on Wednesday.

Woodstock 67, Thetford 46

Woodstock — Gabe Marsicovetere and Christian Wood scored 19 points each as the Wasps used a second-half defensive adjustment to overpower the Panthers.

“At the guard position, they’re a little stronger than we are,” said Woodstock head coach Joel Carey. “We jumped into a zone, and it caused a lot of problems (for Thetford).”

Woodstock outscored the Panthers, 39-13, in the second half. Caleb Webb finished the game with 12 points.

Dylan Thorburn led Thetford with 21 points, and Nick Moses finished the game with six.

Woodstock (5-2) next travels to Montpelier on Jan. 22. Thetford (4-2) hosts South Royalton on Monday.

South Royalton 64MVCS 55

Quechee — South Royalton exploded for 22 points in the third quarter to earn its first win of the season.

Troy Walker scored 16 points for the Royals, who scored a season-high 64 points. Jacob Hewitt added 14 points and Connor Lambert scored seven.

Mid Vermont Christian’s Josh King led all scorers with 21 points, including three 3-pointers. Cade Paquette scored 10 points, and Dylan Patel had nine.

The Eagles (0-4) travel to Trinity Christian on Tuesday. South Royalton (1-4) hosts Sharon on Friday.

Cushing 63Kimball Union 59

Ashburnham, Mass. — Nick Timberlake scored 23 of his 31 points in the second half, though the Wildcats trailed throughout the game. KUA hosts Vermont Academy on Wednesday.

Girls Basketball

Kimball Union 56Brewster 48

Meriden — Taylor Soule scored 21 points to help the Wildcats improve to 6-4.

Maddie Haynes added 16 points and Christina Ryan scored 14. KUA travels to Tilton on Wednesday.

Randolph 54, Oxbow 20

Randolph — Randolph sophomore Sara Rae dropped a game-high 16 points to drop the Olympians to 3-5.

Junior Kaysea Neil led Oxbow with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Mariah Shumway scored four points. The Olympians host Montpelier on Thursday.

Randolph (8-1) led 32-13 at halftime. It travels to Thetford on Tuesday.

Williamstown 42South Royalton 15

South Royalton — Emily Hemond and Iris Hudson scored four points each as the Royals dropped to 0-6.

“They’re a good team,” said South Royalton head coach Dave Davis.

South Royalton was outscored 25-9 in the second half. It travels to Whitcomb-Rochester (2-2) on Tuesday.

Boys Hockey

Hanover 2, Trinity 1

Manchester — Matty Gardner and Cameron Wood each tipped in slap shots from Hanover sophomore defenseman Sylas Oberting in the final two minutes of the third period to stay perfect in league play.

“We played a solid game,” said Hanover head coach Dick Dodds. “We had a hard time breaking through a very tough goaltender.”

The Marauders (6-0 league, 9-1 overall) out shot Trinity, 38-17. Harris LaRock made 16 saves. Hanover hosts Bedford today at Dartmouth’s Thompson Arena beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock 3Mount Mansfield 2 (ot)

Woodstock — Lucas Picconi scored the game-winning goal 36 seconds into overtime to keep Woodstock undefeated this season.

Cullen McCarthy had a goal and two assists. Steven Townley picked up two assists and Andrew Gubbins scored a goal. Riley Sheppard finished the game with an assist, his first point of the season. Henry Greene made 14 saves on 16 shots.

Woodstock (9-0) hosts Brattleboro on Monday afternoon.

Kimball Union 3St. Paul’s 1

Concord — KUA senior captain Thomas Samuelsen scored twice and junior defenseman Christian Felton added another goal to help the Wildcats earn their 15th win of the season.

Andranik Armstrong finished the game with two assists. Kyle Penney, Paul Dore and Bryce Dolan each finished with one helper each. KUA (15-3-1) hosts Deerfield on Wednesday.

Girls Hockey

Woodstock 6Burr & Burton 0

Woodstock — Lizzy Peck scored a hat trick and Ellie Stedina made nine saves to help Woodstock improve to 5-3-1.

The Wasps netted four goals in the first period and another two in the second. Lauren Forgione added two goals and Audrey Eggum scored her first varsity goal unassisted in the second period. Faye Stevens, Hannah Coates, Anna Helper, Emily Dean, Mackenzie Yates and Sami Yates all finished the game with one assist each.

“We had a good week of practice and were prepared for this game,” said Woodstock head coach Ian Coates. “We were ready for it.”

The Wasps host Stowe on Monday at Union Arena.

Hanover 20ConVal-Conant 0

West Lebanon — Natalie Morhun, Molly French and Rose Donaldson each scored their first varsity goal. French added six helpers, Cate Wagner scored two goals and had five assists and Macy Curtis scored a goal and three assists.

Rebekah Rudd and Aiden Stone split time in goal. Hanover (3-0 league, 4-1 overall) travels to Beekmantown (N.Y.) on Monday.

Kimball Union 4Holderness 1

Holderness, n.h. — Mia Brown scored a hat trick and Bella Parento provided two assists.

Seana Perkins made seven saves. Molly Flanagan, Molly Davis, Olive Scull and Mikah Baptiste finished the game with one assist each. The Wildcats (7-3-2) host Vermont Academy on Wednesday.

Alpine Skiing

Sandmann, Hastings Lead Lebanon

Gilford, n.h. — Jessica Hastings led the Raider girls to a third-place finish at Gunstock Mountain on Friday, finishing both her slalom run (35.43 seconds) and her giant slalom runs (58.31) in seventh place.

Gilford’s girls and Belmont’s boys each walked away with victories.

Lebanon’s Bailey Chase finished 10th (38.33) in the slalom and 12th (1:00.97) in the giant slalom. Madison Hunt (45.18 slalom, 2:37.01 giant slalom) and Olivia Jameson (1:00.52 slalom, 1:17.18 giant slalom) also competed for the Raiders.

Lebanon’s boys finished fifth place out of eight teams competing. Luke Sandmann finished fifth (30.62) in the boys slalom and 17th (57.31) in the giant slalom. John Moorehead (33.00 slalom, 58.25 giant slalom), Logan French (34.18 slalom), and Graham TenHaken (34.42 slalom, 1:10.64 giant slalom) also competed.

Lebanon travels to Sunapee on Tuesday in a dual giant slalom event with Kearsarge.

Boys team scores: Belmont 745, Bow 735, Gilford 719, St. Thomas 679, Lebanon 675, Bishop Brady 669, Laconia 246, Hillsboro 154.

Girls team scores: Gilford 745, Bishop Brady 724, Lebanon 693, Belmont 560, Bow 508, St. Thomas 349, Laconia 181, Hillsboro 169.